Add Robin Roberts to the list of celebrities who in 2013 officially came out! The Good Morning America co-anchor posted a touching message on her facebook page which was prompted by the fact that a year earlier, in 2012, she reached an important 100 day-milestone after undergoing a blood marrow transplant, and she reflected on how grateful she was for the people in her life.
Roberts wrote: “Hard to believe this was 1 year ago today..when I reached a critical milestone of 100 days post transplant…and KJ was finally allowed to come back home. Reading this comforts me and I hope the same for you: ‘If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.’ At this moment I am at peace and filled with joy and gratitude. I am grateful to God, my doctors and nurses for my restored good health.
I am grateful for my sister, Sally-Ann, for being my donor and giving me the gift of life. I am grateful for my entire family, my long time girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together. I am grateful for the many prayers and well wishes for my recovery. I return every one of them to you 100 fold. On this last Sunday of 2013 I encourage you to reflect on what you are grateful for too. Wishing you a Healthy and Happy New Year. Peace, love, and blessings to all..XO”
According to an ABC spokesperson, Roberts longtime girlfriend was revealed to be Amber Laign, a massage therapist in private practice originally from the Bay Area, and noted that the two had met through mutual friends. Laign specializes in helping people recovering from injuries.
Of note is Roberts recognizing her girlfriend just days over anti-gay remarks made by Phil Robertson, of A&E’s reality series “Duck Dynasty.” According to Variety: During an interview with GQ, Robertson cast aspersions on people in same-sex relationships and African-Americans, prompting a suspension by the cabler’s parent, A+E Networks, and a quick reversal of the decision – drawing anger from supporters of both Robertson and the groups he offended. As co-host of what is arguably the nation’s favorite morning program, Roberts may help fuel more discussion and debate in this latest clash of cultural values.”
It is also worth-noting that it was Roberts who interviewed President Barack Obama, when he came forth with his stance in support of gay marriage.
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